Handel: Messiah

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WORKS: Messiah
PERFORMER: James Bowman, Robert Tear, Benjamin Luxon; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Academy of St Martin in the Fields/David Willcocks
CATALOGUE NO: CMS 7 63784 2 ADD (1971-72)
The Willcocks recording of Handel’s Messiah has the virtue of being an all-male performance. If the Cathedral sound is to your taste you will love this. Bowman, Tear and Luxon are strong and well-focused in the solo roles; the soprano solos are sung by the King’s choristers. The resulting purity of tone is enhanced by the acoustic of King’s College Chapel. The ASMF provides stylish and elegant support. Nicholas Rast